the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist
“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx
Aug 5, 2013
The United Nations counted more than 1,000 people killed in Iraq in July. They were mostly civilians. It was the worst month for violent deaths since April of 2008.
The U.S. war on Iraq was false, fraudulent from the start. Iraq was not involved in 9/11. Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. There were no babies thrown from cribs and murdered. There were absolutely no plans whatever for U.S. intervention to improve the country in any way. There were only plans to break down this Mideast power, to fragment it and weaken it. Weaken it so that the U.S. and other imperialisms could divide and rule easily. Weaken it so that Western oil companies could have easy pickings in the end.
Now those plans have come to fruition. Sectarian and tribal forces cut each other to pieces in a life-and-death struggle for tiny pieces of land, oil, and power. The oil companies have their contracts and their guarded pipelines. The population, which in 2003 greeted the toppling of Saddam Hussein with such joy, now cowers in its homes, afraid to go out.
In the very capital, Baghdad, a man said: “You go to the café, you get killed. You go to your car, you get killed. You go to the supermarket, you get killed.”
In that same capital, a U.S. staffer told a reporter, “All the embassy is interested in is packing up and getting out.” Yes. Pack up and get out. Mission accomplished!